An encounter with a rally driver

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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At Luca's (couchsurfing)

Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Friday, June 11, 2010

My favourite thing in life is the random occurencesw that can happen when you speak to people. So, well fuelled with a variety of German kids cereal I embarked on the days cycling. After following the unsurfaced cycle path for about 30 miles I got tired of gravel being flicked in my eyes so decided to take the road. Thats when I met Kurheinz who was also cycling. We rode together for an hour or two and talked about everything from his redundancy to asparagus. It turned out that in the 1990s he had been a ralloy driver who was sponsored by Fiat and had taken part in the Fiat Rally Series, not bad when he only took up racing in his mid 30s. Thanks to Kurheinz's knowledge of all the little roads in the area we were bothered little by traffic and had the windswept landscape to ourselves. 

Very kindly he said that if I needed any help, parts, or anything else just to call him. This was unbelievably kind especially having known me for such a short time. He departed and went back to where he should have been going, his friends house 5 miles from where he met me!

I was left to cover the remainder of the ride by myself and I was amazed by how straight some of the roads I discovered were. They literally went on for miles, occasionally ending in an intersection only to give way to another long straight road. Thankfully, the wind was from my side and progress was not quite as painful as yesterday. After lunch and the entire chocolate section of Netto I arrived in Ingolstadt an hour later.

Luca, an Italian engineer is my couchsurfing host tonight and he just left to pick up food for a barbeque. Like all of the people I've stayed with he is very trusting and I am in his house unattended. 

I've been looking at my itinerary and it seems like beyond Belgrade on the 27th June, I will be doing a lot more camping. There are very few coucsurfers in Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. Those which do exist certainly aren't concentrated in the sparsely populated parts that I will be going through. 

But for now I have home comforts, it will be interesting seeing how I cope without a nice shower at the end of the day, an English speaking host, food made for me or even a bed. We will see, I'll enjoy civilzation while it lasts. 
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